SD Farmers Union: Mad cow disease in Canada affirms need for COOL

Farm Forum

HURON — The recent case of Mad Cow disease confirmed in Canada affirms the value of COOL (County-of-Origin-Labeling) to protect Americans’ meat supply, said Doug Sombke South Dakota Farmers Union president.

“Do you really want your lawmakers to repeal a law that tells you where your food comes from? In light of the confirmation of a disease with fatal implications in Canada, it is hard not to support a law that gives consumers basic information on where their food comes from,” Sombke said.

On Feb. 13, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed mad cow disease in a beef cow in Alberta, Canada. To read more about this case, visit South Dakota Farmers Union Facebook page.

South Dakota Farmers Union urges consumers and producers alike to call their representatives today in support of leaving COOL in our federal law. The switchboard to the Capitol is (202) 224-3121.